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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14293: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported comments by the EIS that the proposed Head Teachers’ Charter could create "additional bureaucratic and managerial tasks on top of an already severe workload burden".

Answered by: John Swinney 14 February 2018

We are reforming the education system to empower schools and headteachers to make decisions that most affect learning and teaching. The reforms will empower headteachers to become leaders of learning and not chief administrators of their schools. We want to give headteachers the freedom to select and manage the teachers and staff in their school. Local authorities will continue to be responsible for providing high quality education support services to schools.

Through our Education Bill consultation we specifically sought views on the support headteachers would need to be able to take forward their Charter functions, as we want headteachers to be properly supported as well as empowered. The consultation closed on 30 January and responses will be fully considered.